Meet Our Veterinarians & Staff:

Treating West Los Angeles CA Area Pets With Care

At Marina Veterinary Center, we understand that providing top-quality veterinary care requires more than extensive knowledge and advanced veterinary tools. It also requires compassion, dedication, and attention—to everyone’s needs, even the unspoken ones.

Our veterinarians and staff are committed to giving you and your pet the best of care. We invite you to learn a little more about us, and hope to see you and your pet soon!


Dr. Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Dr. Jones graduated from Tuskegee University in 1999. She started in an internship and then worked in private practice for several years before opening Marina Veterinary Center. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Jones spent 12 years working as a licensed veterinary technician in emergency medicine and critical care. She has completed externships in neurology at North Carolina State, Michigan State, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jones’ true passion is alternative therapies, which include nutritional medicine, bioregulatory medicine, homotoxicology, Bach flower remedies, cryosurgery, cold laser treatments, and energy work. In addition, she has a strong interest in the areas of neurology, feline medicine, orthopedic surgery, geriatric medicine, and end-of-life care. She is committed to being on the cutting edge of both holistic and traditional treatment regimes and constantly keeps abreast of all current therapies.

Dr. Jones is married and has two children, one horse, two cats, and too many dogs. She is a member of the American Veterinary Association, American Animal Hospital Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians.

Dr. Karen Halligan

Karen Halligan

Karen “Doc” Halligan

Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen "Doc" Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She was a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media during the pet-food recall crisis and provided veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Doc Halligan is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan's What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media. She has appeared regularly on television on the Home and Family Show, the Doctors, Bonnie Hunt Show, Kelly and Michael, the Today Show, the Mike, and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911 and Extra TV.  On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas' Cutest Pets and has a regular segment on KTLA "Ask the doc." 

In addition to being a skilled surgeon in spay/neuter techniques; she was the director of veterinary services for the spcaLA for over twelve years and is an expert in animal-cruelty, having prepared in excess of over one hundred cases for trial as well as testifying as an expert witness.  Additionally, she has presented lectures to law enforcement on the successful use of forensics in animal cruelty prosecution.  For the past five years, she has served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica where she helped developed emergency service protocols for pet owners that can serve as a national model. 

A native of San Diego, Calif., she double-majored in theater and zoology while performing in animal shows at the San Diego Zoo. In 1989, after graduating from the University of California, Davis, Doc became acutely aware of the tremendous pet overpopulation problem and seeking to give a voice to animals and help pet parents everywhere, she moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and began to passionately lobby on animal- welfare issues.

She currently oversees all aspects of The Lucy Pet Foundation whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation by supporting mobile spay/neuter clinics across the country and to support causes that benefit animal welfare. She also practices general medicine and surgery at Marina Veterinary Center in Westchester and shares her life in Marina Del Rey with Ricky, Ethel, and Nathan, three very spoiled and healthy cats! You can learn more about "Doc" Halligan at her website

Dr. Jarrod Moss

Jarrod Moss

Jarrod Moss grew up in Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is a 2006 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Moss completed his postgraduate training at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in internal medicine and surgery. In 2008 he founded a hospital in the South Bay and then went on to own multiple veterinary practices in Montana. He is back in Southern California with a vast range of experience which includes internal medicine, dermatology, ultrasound, endoscopy, and ophthalmology. His main focus is to provide personalized, top notch veterinary care that allows each pet to live the longest and healthiest life possible.






Veterinary Assistants

Veronica Gascon

Veronica Gascon

Veronica graduated from Venice High School in 2010, where she completed studies at the Bilingual Business & Finance Academy. Currently, she is a full-time student at West Los Angeles Community College. She aspires to work in the law enforcement field. Veronica has been with Marina Veterinary Center since 2008. She assists with animal care, preparing pet prescriptions, administering medications, and preparing the exam and treatment rooms in between pet patients.







Lorena Pena

Lorena Pena

Lorena was born in Los Angeles. Throughout her childhood, she looked after her own pets while also taking in numerous orphaned/stray animals, nursing them back to health, and placing them in new homes. She personally has two Shih Tzus that she loves very much. Lorena's passion and compassion for animals led her to Marina Veterinary Center, where she is obtaining hands-on experience as a veterinary assistant and soaking up all the knowledge she can. In addition, she is currently pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Lorena's ultimate goal is to work as a DVM in Baja, California. She spends much of her time there and knows first hand the desperation of local dogs and cats rummaging through the streets, doing everything they can to survive. Lorena intends to decrease the number of stray, orphaned, and abandoned animals through owner education and by offering quality veterinary medicine.




Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer joined the Marina Veterinary Center family in August 2010 and serves as our evening and weekend receptionist. She graduated from Venice High School's Foreign Language Magnet Program in June 2010 and is currently attending El Camino Community College with the goal of transferring to a four-year college. Jennifer is majoring in psychology and is interested in the nursing field. She aspires to become a psychologist for children with special needs and currently serves at a volunteer at her old elementary school, Playa del Rey, where she works with children with special needs. She has played softball since she was four years old and enjoys playing and coaching younger girls from her little league in her spare time. She also really values the experience and the education she's obtaining by working in our hospital.